They say that lightning never strikes twice, but not if you’re Mark Clark. The Michigan man has scooped a multi-million dollar jackpot for the second time in less than three years.

The Michigan Lottery confirmed the win on Monday, less than three years after Mark won the same colossal sum from a scratch card in 2017.

The 50-year-old revealed he retired after his first win and spent most of his time fishing with his dad – Sadly Mark’s father passed away last year.

“I scratched the ticket off in the store with a coin my dad gave me about ten years ago… I can’t help but think maybe that lucky coin helped me win this,” he said.

“You don’t think you’ll win millions once, and you definitely never think it would happen twice,” he told Michigan Lottery.

Mark has opted to accept a lump sum of US$2.5 million instead of staggered payments of the US$4 million prize.

“I’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs in my life, but everything is pretty amazing right now,” Mr Clark said.

This story reminds me of an Australia man who won a car playing a scratch card game. A local news station asked him to re-create the moment when he won. The man purchased another card at the same shop and the crew film as he stretched away.

As the camera’s rolled they captured the moment he won a life-changing amount, a $250,000 jackpot! In the video below you can see the moment Bill realises he’s beaten the odds once again!

“I just won 250,000. I am not joking. I just won 250,000. Please don’t film me,” he said. “I don’t believe this is happening. I think I will have another heart attack. Oh gosh!” he said

Lottery Scratch Cards

A recently furloughed Painter has scooped £300,000 on a National Lottery scratch card. Robert Fullerton a 30-year-old from Castledawson, Northern Ireland was celebrating after buying a £3 scratchcard while shopping last week.

Speaking to the press, Robert said he wanted to put the money to good use. Including plans for a new house, a holiday abroad and some driving lessons.

Robert explained how he won the life-changing sum. He said: “I was out doing a grocery shop and had a scratchcard in my pocket with a £3 win on it.

“So while I was paying for the groceries, I exchanged it for another similar National Lottery Scratchcard, and bought an extra one for good measure.”

It wasn’t until later that day when he rubbed off the scratch cards that he discovered his good fortune – a £300,000 jackpot win.

He said: “The biggest thing we’ll do with our winnings is buy a new house in the area.

“Also, we know it might be some time away, but when people are able to travel again we’ll go on a holiday to Benidorm. The only times I’ve been abroad before were on school trips, so it’ll be amazing for Susan and me to fly off somewhere sunny.”

As a life-long Liverpool FC fan, Robert is hoping he can soon celebrate the club’s premier league title win in style. He might even be able to afford a replica kit from the LFC store. Well, he’ll probably need another big win before having enough money to afford a shirt – have you seen the price of these new replica kits?

News out today reports the UK is sitting on £125 million of unclaimed scratch cards prizes! Financial website THISISMONEY broke the depressing news on the 10th August this year.

The unclaimed amount totald three per cent of the entire prize funds available, according to data from the UK National Lottery operator Camelot. The figures cover the period from 2018/19, ending in March 2019. The percentage of unclaimed money is up 2% from the previous year.

The surprising stat from the figures released by Camelot is the number of scratch cards left unclaimed in London. The capital city is accountable for HALF the unclaimed cards! You guys really have too much money, if you can’t be bothered collecting those winnings!

Although, London isn’t the only part of the country which is forgetful when it comes to redeeming winning cards. East Lothian in Scotland is just one of six areas outside the capital where £1 million in jackpots is still waiting to be dished out by the National Lottery.

It goes without saying that many of the outstanding prizes are probably in the region of £2 – £10. Like most people, I throw my winning tickets in the car with the notion of collecting the money when filling up on petrol. Only to forget and rediscover the card six months later when hoovering out the glovebox! Unfortunately, by then the damn thing has expired! Yes, scratch cards can go out of date.

It’s worth noting that Camelot only publicises prizes over £50,000 that aren’t claimed. Don’t expect them to run a Nationwide press campaign for your £2 win on Monopoly scratch! There is one positive for those who forget to claim a prize. The money will find a good home as Camelot donates unclaimed prizes to local charities and good causes. Next time you see a gold plated playground, just think, your winning scratch card might have funded that!

One lucky punter who didn’t forget to claim his jackpot is Andrew Hancock. Andrew, 46 who lives in Nottinghamshire scooped £1 million quid on the Monopoly Millionaire card! What makes Andrews story more remarkable is the nature of his win. After completing a weekly run to the supermarket, Andrew realised he’d forgotten to buy his cat food for his moggy ‘Shortcake’. Dashing to his local petrol station for a tin of whiskers, Andrew picked up the scratch card as he left. Incredibly, it turned out to be a £1 million jackpot-winning card. Mr Hancock said Shortcake would now “absolutely” be getting an upgrade on his cat food.

That’s a purrfect ending to the story!

Blueprint Gaming’s progressive jackpot system known as ‘Jackpot King’ has become incredibly popular with online players. The system is simple but effective, ‘Jackpot King has the ability to boost prize money faster than any other progressive jackpot system.

Blueprint launched the ‘Jackpot King’ concept back in 2016, releasing it first with UK casino provider Sky Vegas. Today you can get involved with these big money games at a number of casino providers, including Paddy Power. You can play 22 games with Paddy Power which feature the Jackpot King boost. Along with popular slots like ‘Mars Attacks’ and ‘Irish Riches’ you can also play for the jackpot using Paddy Power’s Scratch Cards.

The King Kong Cash game is already one of the best scratchcards offered by Paddy Power. However, the addition of the ‘Jackpot King’ takes this game to another level. The instant win game ‘Deal Or No Deal – What’s In Your Box’ also offers you the chance to win big. It worth noting the majority of games which feature ‘Jackpot King’ are slot machines. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see Paddy Power hasn’t forgotten about their Scratch Card fans.

The jackpot prize on King Kong Cash is currently over £1 million, and you’ll have the same chance of winning as those pesky slot lovers. A player in the UK recently won £3.1 million playing at Sky Vegas, he scooped the windfall with a 20p stake! The Managing Director at Blueprint Gaming, Matt Cole, commented: “Congratulations to the lucky player who scooped the largest jackpot ever off Jackpot King, it’s a life-changing amount.”



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There are many different types of promotions that many online casinos offer. Many times these begin with offers to new players. One of the important reasons these are offered, is to entice people to join the casino.

If you are new to online casino playing, the first thing you want to do is check out if the casino is offering current free spins promotions that will get you started with a chance to get some winnings that you didn’t have to pay for. Usually, those that are checking out what an online casino has to offer will automatically look for the free spins promotions because these are such a favourite.

The free spins promotions has to do with the slot games that are being offered by the online casino. In some cases along with the free spin promotions, the casino will also offer a match on the first deposit and sometimes several of the beginning deposits.

What must be kept in mind is that you must read the free spins promotions rules. Each casino will set their own rules for this type of promotion. In most cases, you will be required to play through any of your winnings from the free spins a set number of times. This is before you are allowed to withdraw any potential winnings that came about as a result of the free spins promotions.

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In some cases, there may be a limited number of free spins that you can play each day over a period of time. Every casino will be different, so be sure to understand all of the rules so you get the most from this exciting type of promotion.

There is probably no associated so much with bonuses that an online casino. There is not a single casino that does not offer some sort of bonus to its new players. The bonuses differ both in design and in what way you can turn them into real money, then read on. When you as a new player at a casino make their first deposit, you often get the offer of a welcome bonus. Most common is that you get some bonus depending on how much money you deposit in your account. For the most part, this casino bonus of 100%, but can sometimes be higher or lower. Usually there is both a minimum and maximum amount of how small or large deposit you can do to qualify for a bonus. For all casino bonuses you can visit thecasinodb.com , one of the best page with casino bonuses.

In contrast to the welcome bonus is a bonus that matched your deposit are also bonuses that do not require you to deposit any money at all. Here it can move on a free amount is deposited in your account when you signed up, or that you have access to a certain number of free spins on a slot machine.

Everything about casino bonuses is not as simple as you might think. There is always some kind of bonus requirements that must be met before the bonus can be real money that you can pick out. The most common requirement is that you have to wager the bonus a certain number of times. It simply means that you are investing in a casino game for as much money as bonus multiplied by the bonus requirement. Usually the bonus requirement of between 20 to 40 times the bonus value, but it could differ from this value also. What applies for your bonus can be read in the bonus requirements available on the online casino website. Please read these terms carefully before making a deposit with a casino bonus to avoid misunderstandings and disappointment.

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The first thing to say about scratch cards is that overall they are a game of luck; this does not mean that you cannot increase your chances of winning by following a few simple tips. There are generally two main aims when it comes to playing scratch cards; to have fun and to come out on top. You can increase your chances of doing both if you are sensible and you play intelligently.

We are going to examine some of the things that you should think about when you are purchasing scratch cards. These things are very important because the way you buy scratch cards and the amount of money you spend both help to determine your success rate.

Know your budget and stick to it
One of the most important considerations when it comes to playing scratch cards is to know how much money you can afford to spend and to stick within budget. You should not be tempted to use money put aside for other living expenses. Spending within budget helps to increase your chances of making a profit at the end of the day.

Save and buy in bulk
It may be tempting to just pop into a store and buy an odd scratch card. As we said earlier, scratch cards are games of chance so you do stand a chance of winning if you do this. That being said, the odds of you winning are increased if you save up the money you want to spend and buy scratch cards in bulk once a month. If you are going to play online then it’s useful to read as much information about the buying of the scratch cards as you can. You want to be assured of your security playing scratch cards online and it may also interest you to know that you can play free scratch cards online.

Stick to playing the same game
There are so many scratch cards available that it can be difficult to choose one type to play. For this reason, many people decide to try different types. People also think that diversification improves their chance of winning ; in fact the opposite is true. If you think about it this makes sense. If you stand a 1 in 4 chance of winning on a scratch card then the more cards of that same type you buy the more chance you have of winning. This is why it makes sense to stick to playing the same game.

Choose scratch cards that have odds of 1 in 4 or better
Obviously, you want to give yourself the best chance of winning when you buy scratch cards. This is why you should purchase cards that come with a 1 in 4 chance of winning or greater. You can find the odds of winning printed on the back of the scratch card so you should always take a look before buying.
Scratch cards are a game of chance and you can obviously never guarantee that you will achieve a win when you buy one. The best you can hope for is increasing your chances as much as possible. Hopefully the tips new have provided in this article will help you to do just that.

Great excitement in Hawick last week as a local man won an amazing £250,000 on a National Lottery Scratch Card!

Craig Takacs, 31, isn’t sure what compelled him to buy a National Lottery Scratch Card last week in his local co-op. Having always been sceptical of the odds of winning, he had never bothered to play before. All of this changed on that fateful day when he decided to use the change left over from his shopping to buy one. He then put the card in his pocket and forgot all about until later that evening when getting ready for bed when he found it again. Little did he realise that his entire life was about to turn upside down.

Not thinking for a second that he could win anything, an unsuspecting Takacs scratched the card off and was shocked to find that he had won! Unable to believe his luck, he checked the card hundreds of times just to be sure before telling his partner, Rhonda, who was equally ecstatic to hear the incredible news.

As it was so late at night the two had to reserve their celebrations and wait until the claim line opened at 9AM the next morning. Mr. Takacs described his excitement as he was unable to sleep until four AM. The two set their alarm so they would be ready to phone up and claim first thing in the morning, and it was confirmed – they’d just won an amazing £250,000.

Mr. Takacs, who works as a tree surgeon and lives with Rhonda and their four children in Hawick, will receive the prize in yearly instalments of £25,000 for the next ten years. Rather than squander his money, he said that he would use the cash to buy his house, and occasionally buy a little treat for their children.

One thing that definitely has changed, however, is his attitude towards scratchcards. Far from being a sceptic, Mr. Takacs hopes that he will be able to carry on his lucky streak, as he confirmed that from now on he will be a much more avid lottery and scratchcard winner.

When asked what inspired him to buy a scratchcard on that fateful day, Mr. Tekacs said that he was unsure – but that he liked to hope that it was his late Grandmother continuing to look after him with a little push in the right direction.

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Your goal is, as with the original game, to sink ships in as few shots as possible. However, instead of playing against a live human who is trying to sink your ships, you’re playing against your wallet. Specifically, you pay for each shot you make. The more ships you sink, the bigger your payout is likely to be.

Like slots, Battle Cash Bonanza at Ladbrokes Games is a luck-based game, but there is some strategy involved. You need to aim and shoot to be able to hit moving ships effectively. You have to sink full ships to win the biggest payouts, so when you win a hit, you have to hit it again several times before you can get the full money.

How to Play
The interface for Battle Cash Bonanza is remarkably simple. Just select the amount of money per shot, or your stake, aim at a particular square on the board, and click to fire. Ships will be moving about the board while you fire, so you need to aim carefully in advance of your shot. You get a bigger payout the more ships you hit, and if you happen to sink an entire ship, you get a special bonus payout.

As a simple, easy-to-use game, players can easily find themselves addicted. Unlike card games like poker or blackjack, Battle Cash Bonanza is mostly based on luck, so it is unlikely that anyone playing it will be able to become a millionaire overnight. Nevertheless, it is fun and a good way to while away time with a real money gaming edge.

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Downsides
The only downside to Battle Cash Bonanza is that the cursor and cannon fire isn’t as accurate as it could be. The aiming in the game is somewhat temperamental, and there may be a learning curve where you aren’t hitting ships as much as you think you ought to be. As you get used to the quirky functionality, this will subside; however, it can be annoying when you begin.

Conclusion
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Florida Lottery

Figures recently published at the end of the US fiscal year have backed up the fact that the online scratch cards and lottery market in Florida is continuing to thrive. The 25-year-old lottery in Florida has just reach a new record sales level, reaching a figure exceeding $5 billion in the previous financial year, from 30th June 2012 – 30th June 2013.

The sales figures supported state lawmakers as they await the latter part of a recently commissioned study, designed to analyse and show the effects of gambling in casinos, online and in lotteries in the Sunshine State. At present, the country has a very inconsistent stance on gambling policy, with different states having different views on what should and what shouldn’t be legal. Given gambling’s uncertain climate in the US, the study is being carried out in preparation for a major discussion in the legislative session next year.

Sales figures rising have been mainly attributed to the growing demand for scratchcards. This shifting scratchcard demand has been partly to the 34% growth in their Powerball lottery game, the most popular in the country. It is estimate that sales for the Powerball will just fall shy of the $5 billion mark alone next year.
A spokeswoman for the lottery, Meagan Dougherty spoke out on the company’s intentions for achieving growth and that they are trying to introduce bigger and better games. Florida has recently introduced the national Mega Millions game to the state. This move was made in a bid to constantly stay on top of demand in order to bring in new players and keep exiting players interested.

Of all the money that the lottery takes in, just 62% is paid out on winnings. Responsibly, $1.41 billion goes towards the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund each year.
The Lottery began in 1989 after a vote was taken and its initial sales figures reached $1.8 billion. This has increased significantly to $4.45 in 2011-2012. The Powerball game is so popular as a result of the massive jackpot prizes it offers. During the past year, it has paid out $590.5 million to one winner (in May 2013). It has been said that this colossal amount was won by a woman in Zephyrhills, near Tampa Bay. It is usually the thought of winning such life-altering amounts of money which lures people in to play the lotteries in the first place.

Scratch Cards

An Inverness couple are celebrating after scooping a massive £100,000 jackpot on a National Lottery Scratch Card this week. In a recent press photograph, the couple are pictured pouring a couple of glasses of champagne with huge smiles on their faces.

On Saturday 6th April 2013, Lorraine Woolley, who works as a contract catering general manager, was visiting Asda to buy herself a lottery ticket for the Saturday draw. It was once she was already in the shop that she decided she would treat herself to a £2 scratch card.

The Inverness lady describes how she felt after she realised she’d won. She was apparently shaking like a leaf in the car when she became aware of her instant fortune. Her heart was racing and she not able to take it all in. Her shock was obviously evident to her granddaughter, who was travelling in the car with her at the time and asked her if she had won “any pennies”.

She was still in the car park when she made the realisation and decided to go back into the store to check that she had not made a mistake. Lorraine told how she was racing with adrenaline at this point. The Asda cashier took the scratch card, looked at it before looking back at her, and she knew she had won. This is a sort of excitement you cannot get from playing online scratch cards.

Woolley quickly phoned her husband Ian, 52, and her children, Robert, 31 and Michael, 29 to share the good news. However, she was unable to get through to them. The woman needed to share her good news with someone, so she confided in her friend and a neighbour. With the help of her friends, she managed to track down her husband who was away on a fishing trip.

Lorraine explained how she won at 3pm, but she couldn’t get hold of her husband until 5pm. This was quite a lot for her to bear, so she decided to get out the vodka to calm her nerves. When her husband first became aware of the good news, he initially thought it was a joke.

The couple have been married 32 years and play Lotto, EuroMillions and scratch cards. Last year, Lorraine also won £700 playing the National Lottery Triple Lucky 7s Scratch Card.

Lorraine plans on buying new cars for her and Ian, as well as going all out on a trip to Disney World, Florida.

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Maria Carreira was struck with delight when she found out she had got lucky and won a massive prize of $40,000 Canadian dollars (worth about £26,000). The woman rushed home to share the news with her family before finding out that she hadn’t read the ticket correctly. Excitement levels skyrocketed when she realised the true value of her ticket – $40 million.

Where some winners like this would instantly go all out and celebrate in style, Carreira chose a more modest approach by treating her family to an all-you-can-eat buffet at a Mandarin restaurant. She did, however, start to splash out once the initial excitement had settled.

This is not an isolated event in the lottery and scratch card world. In December 2013, a man from New Hampshire in accidentally won £1.3 million after the cashier gave him a wrong ticket. Scott Bennett, 48, went in with the intention of buying one ticket for the Tri-State Megabucks lottery and one for the Lucky for Life Lottery. The shop assistant accidentally handed him 2 Megabucks tickets, one of which turned out to be the winner.

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Scratch Card Woes

But luck is not always on your side. In 2009, Ontario’s gaming authority printed 1,100 winning scratch cards by mistake, none of which were meant to win. One player couldn’t believe his luck when he purchased 4 scratch cards to find out that all of them had won. When he totalled up his winnings, he thought he had bagged £135,000. But because of the mistake, he didn’t see a cent.

Then there was the bizarre story of the homeless man from Bloomington, Illinois, who struck it lucky on a scratch card. Dennis Mahurin has been living in rough conditions for 30 years, being housed in a tent in the woods. But despite his $50,000 win, the 58-year-old is planning to continue living where he has been. He insists he is “as happy as can be” and that this style of living is in his nature.

He is planning on splashing out somewhat though, on a new tent. He also plans to get some long-overdue dental work and visit his son. The rest of the money will be put into saving in an investment for his later life. The man joked that he had put some cash aside for his “new friends” the money would bring.